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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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ROU BIOGRAPHIES

SERVICE: delegate, Continental Congress, 1775-
1776 (elected on December 9, 1775, to fill va-
cancy; reelected in May 1776; served on Com-
mittee of Qualifications, Committee of Claims,
Committee to Consider the Report of the Indian
Commissioners, and the Marine Committee);
presidential elector, 1789. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENT: Rogers was one of the three Maryland del-
egates present in the Continental Congress on
July 2, 1776, and July 4, 1776, when, respectively,
the vote for independence was taken and the Dec-
laration of Independence was adopted. Rogers
was not returned to Congress by the 8th Con-
vention, so he was not among the Marylanders
who on August 2, 1776, signed the engrossed copy
of the Declaration of Independence. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: received

1,000 bushels of wheat in lieu of his chancellor's
salary, 1782-1783. ANNUAL INCOME: received ca.
£1,000.0.0 per month as salary while chancellor
of Maryland, 1780. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: wife
owned at least 300 acres in Prince George's County
at the time of their marriage. SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND

DEATH: purchased 144 acres in Prince George's
County, 1775; purchased 7 lots (including at least
1 house and a small tenement) in Upper Marl-
borough, by 1778; purchased a house and lot in
Annapolis, 1784; probably purchased an un-
known number of lots in Georgetown, Montgom-
ery County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on Septem-
ber 23, 1789, in Annapolis. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
Inventory totaled £927.14.4 (including 12 slaves,
103 oz. plate, a law library and other books, and
a case of mathematical instruments), but size of
entire estate unknown. LAND: 7 lots in Upper
Marlborough and 444 acres in Prince George's
County, 1 lot in Annapolis, an unknown number
of lots in Washington, D.C. (Carrollsburgh), and
an unknown number of lots in Georgetown,
Montgomery County. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
his obituary noted that "His affability and con-
stant cheerfulness, which the anguish of a painful
disorder could never quite extinguish, endeared
him to his aquaintances. In a word, the public
and private virtues of this valuable man render
his loss a matter of real concern and importance
to his country."

ROUND (ROWND), JAMES (?-1701). IMMI
GRATED in 1677 as a free adult, probably from
London, England. RESIDED: in Snow Hill, Som-
erset County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTHERS:

William of Somerset County, a merchant, who

married Martha, daughter of John Wood (?-1695/
96) of Dorking, Surrey County; Edward, an iron-
monger of London. NEPHEW: Edward Morris, son
of Zachary Morris of London, an ironmonger.
MARRIED Mary, daughter of John Wood (?-1695/
96) of Dorking, Surrey County, a clerk. Mary
married second, in 1702, John Edgar (?-1705),
and third, Rev. John Hampton (?-1721/22), a
Presbyterian minister at Snow Hill. CHILDREN.
Probably died without progeny. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Protestant, probably Presbyterian. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., at first appearance in
county court, 1683; Esq., by death. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE, planter, owned a water mill; at-
torney, 1691; merchant, partner in Joseph Hen-
dry & Co., 1700. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE

SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1686-
1688 (Accounts 2), 1701 (died before the 1st ses-
sion of the 1701-1704 Assembly). OTHER PRO-
VINCIAL OFFICE: justice, Provincial Court, 1699-
1700. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Somerset County,
1687-1699; coroner, Somerset County, 1688.

STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Supported

Revolution of Protestant Associators in 1689.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: ca. 1,300 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by
May 12, 1701; will probated May 26, 1701. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £1,732.17.2 (in-
cluding 14 servants and 2 slaves). LAND: probably
2,454 acres.

ROUSBY, CHRISTOPHER (?-1684). BORN in
England. IMMIGRATED: by 1666, as a free adult
with his brother. RESIDED: in Calvert (later be-
came St. Mary's) County; "Susquehana Point,"
on the the south side of the mouth of the Patuxent
River, Calvert (later became St. Mary's) County.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTHERS: John Rousby (?-

1685/86); William, a London grocer. NEPHEW:
John Rousby (1685-1744). MARRIED by 1669 Eliz-
abeth, widow of Richard Collett (?-1668), who
was sheriff of Calvert County, 1663-1664, 1667-
1668. CHILDREN. Probably died without progeny.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate, probably
attended one of the Inns of Court. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: proved rights for transporting nine others
at arrival; Gent., by 1676/77; returned to England
in the years 1681-1682 to defend his position
against the proprietor. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
merchant by 1668; lawyer; royal placeman. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Calvert County, 1676-1682 (Accounts 2; Laws

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